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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Koran vs. Bible Burning

The Reverend Terry Jones, author of a book called "Islam is of the Devil," is also Pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. As far as I can determine, about the only thing global about the outreach center is his self appointed crusade to rub 911 in the face of Muslims around the globe by declaring September 11th "International Burn a Koran Day."

Most political analysis agree that his timing could not be at a more an inauspicious time. Besides the fact that his tactics are counter productive and blatantly disregard Christ's command to turn the other cheek, this radical act is also scheduled at a time when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are gearing up for a new round of Mideast peace talks.

 (Click Koran for CNN interview with Jones)
KoranGen. David Petraeus, the man tasked with getting things right in Afghanistan, condemned Jones's proposal and warned of the backlash—which, incidentally has already begun on the streets of Kabul and Baghdad, and I am sure most Middle Eastern and Muslim countries will follow in hot pursuit. General Petraeus further stated that. “Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

In spite of this caveat by the good general, the mutton chopped pastor, simply licked his mustache and continues with the mission as planned. (And, eventually carried this out, as it was later leaked to the press, resulting in several lives lost in Afghanistan because of his foolishness,)

As far as I can see, Pastor Jones has a lot to learn about the difference between rights and just good common sense. Yes, he has the Constitutional right to burn the Koran, but is it right? He also has the same right to turn the other cheek. That, I submit, as a Christian is the proper thing to do.

Where in Scripture does he find any justification for this radical act? I can think of no reason that he would promote such an activity except to cause conflict and rile a bunch of fanatics into frenzy, besides offending Muslims of a more moderate disposition.

He says he wants to send a message "loud and clear" to jihadist Muslims and their sympathizers that we have had enough; as if the ‘shock and awe’ campaign over Baghdad and the continued war effort in Afghanistan and Iran following 911 were not  message enough.

Unfortunately, missionaries laboring selflessly in Muslim countries will suddenly become convenient targets for radical jihadist to vent their anger on. So, Mr. Jones, instead of burning, may I suggest that you pray? Prayer along with goodwill will do more to spread the Christian message of love and redemption than burning a 1000 Korans—that's for sure!

Now, if we could get Saudia Arabia to stop confiscating Bibles from unsuspecting tourist and burning these, we might be another step ahead in establishing peace between Islam and Christianity.

Well, this is my opinion. I would appreciate reading yours in the comment section below. Thanks for your interest. We covet your prayers and friendship.